Specialist Provision and Support
Mayfield believes that ‘Every child has the right to communicate and be understood.’ This is why we pride ourselves on our Communication and Interaction status achieved originally via the Specialist Schools award in 2007.
It is also why we employ our own communication consultant. Liz Beattie (LLB DipClinCom MA SEN) is a speech and language therapist with 25 years experience of working with children and adults with severe learning difficulties. Liz has worked with school for many years in a number of different capacities. Like many staff at school she is passionate about what we and our students can achieve. Together we have seen some amazing improvements in student’s communication and language development.
Liz is currently working on two projects across school :
1. To develop the use of iPads in school as a communication aids. We are already seeing some significant results especially with regards to the impact this is having on pupils engagement and functional communication .
2. To develop early speech production via the 'Talk Tools' method. The initial stages of this project have shown some amazing results and involve families in the process. Staff and parents alike are really excited about the project.
Please feel free to contact Liz to discuss your child’s needs, she will be only too pleased to talk and inspire you!
MOVE (Mobility Opportunties Via Education) is an activity based programme which uses a combined knowledge of education, therapy and family to teach children and adults with severe disabilities the skills of sitting, standing, walking and transitioning.
Kat Trego is our school MOVE co-ordinator as well as a qualified MOVE trainer. Additionally she is our lead on Moving and handling.
More details on the MOVE programme can be found here
Mayfield School works closely with the School Nursing Service. The School Nurse manages the Health Care Plans, health training for staff, and links with local paediatricians and health services to support children's needs accordingly.
Please note, the School Nurses role does not include diagnosing illness or giving medical advice.
The therapy department runs several clinics in school for both our parents and parents of children from other schools.
The Physiotherapy Team work closely with school staff so that pupils' physical needs are met thus ensuring the fullest possible access to the curriculum.
The team is led by Stewart Drew.
Occupational Therapists Katie Watkinson, Jo McGee and Sally Blackman are also supported by Assistants: Judith Bone, Angela Turner & Julia Cooper
If you wish to speak to anybody from the Therapy department please ring them direct on 01772 644498 if they do not answer the phone they may not be in school or in a class for non urgent queries please leave them a message. If your query is urgent, please ring school and we will try to assist you.